French Minister of Interior Bernard Cazeneuve visits Morpho facility based in the Netherlands

Haarlem, December 12, 2014

As part of an official visit to the Netherlands, France's Minister of the Interior, Bernard Cazeneuve visited today the identity document production facility of Morpho (Safran) in Haarlem, accompanied by Philippe Petitcolin, Chairman and CEO of Morpho.

Formerly the Dutch State Printer, the Haarlem plant was privatized and acquired by Safran in 2008. With a staff of 350 employees, the facility is one of Morpho's key industrial centers for the production and personalization of identity documents, including secure ID documents such as passports, national ID cards and driver's licenses. The Haarlem facility is specialized in high security polycarbonate data page technology, and also houses an R&D center specialized in documentary fraud and document security, including e-security.

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As world leader in identification solutions, Morpho supplies identity documents for 18 countries. Since 2000, the Haarlem plant alone has produced more than 70 million of those documents for customers including, among others, the Netherlands, Albania, Chili, Finland, Mauritania, Panama, Slovakia and INTERPOL. Morpho also provides secure elements for countries with their own national printing capacity, including, among others, France, Egypt and Portugal.

Philippe Petitcolin, Chairman and CEO of Morpho, said, "The Haarlem plant is an excellent illustration of Safran's commitment to maintaining a strong industrial, technological and commercial footprint within Europe. We directly contribute to shaping industry research and implementing policy in the field of government identity and security solutions. An example of this is Morpho's ISO 14298 accreditation of the Haarlem facility for the production of highly secure ID documents. This certification, the first in the industry, guarantees our customers the safest printing procedures and production capacity available on the market today."

About Morpho 
Morpho, a high-technology company of Safran, is a global leader in security solutions. The company employs more than 8,400 people in 40 countries and reported revenues of 1.5 billion euros in 2013. Morpho's unique expertise lies in providing cutting edge security solutions for government identity, public security, critical infrastructure, transportation and business markets. Morpho is the world leader in multibiometric identification technologies, biometric identity documents, Automated Biometric Identification Systems (ABIS) and Explosives Detection Systems (EDS). It is one of the leading suppliers of SIM cards, smart cards, trace detection equipment and gaming terminals. With systems operating in more than 100 countries, Morpho's solutions simplify and secure the lives of people around the world. 
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